pregnant!

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Back in March of this year, I shared with you two verses God led me to claim during this cycle. These verses have echoed in my heart, mind, and mouth over and over and over again over these last 7+ months:

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I sit here absolutely overwhelmed to share this news with you today … He has answered our prayers for a family, as specifically as giving us children. Yes, you read that right, we are PREGNANT … with TWINS!

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I am overcome with emotion writing that. Here I sit today, 6.5 weeks pregnant, having seen both babies heart beats flickering away at 112 bpm, and I simply weep with praises for His faithfulness to answer prayers that we have prayed for nearly a decade. Not to us, but to Him be the glory!

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And as joyful as the news makes us, we also want to pause with sensitivity, because we know there are so many of you today still suffering and waiting for your miracle. And friends, our hearts grieve with yours. We know all too well what it’s like to sit on your side of the computer screen today, wondering when it will be your turn, and I wish I had the words to comfort you today. This journey has taught me to find and fight for the best doctor and believe, above all else, that with God, NOTHING is impossible. Believe that, my friends. I have no idea why our prayers have been answered this time, but I know that it was not a mistake, and your timing won’t be a mistake either. Fight on, Hope on, Keep going. He is faithful in all things, even when we don’t understand His ways. Your hardship will not go to waste. He can be trusted. Truly, all things are possible.

We know we still have a long journey ahead of us but we just have to pause to celebrate HIS GOODNESS today. These babies are MIRACLES! We are in constant prayer for their little lives. We pray for their hearts to stay strong, their bodies to form perfectly, their home to stay healthy and their God to watch over them until bringing them to this earth full-term. I have had a small complication with a subchorionic hemorrhage (SCH) which has caused some scary bleeding, but our God is SO much bigger than that! For the time being, I am on low-key bed rest but you better believe I will gladly do anything it takes to keep these babies healthy! Bring on the Netflix and baby-chill!

I have so much more to share in the days and weeks to come. Stories of how we told our families and friends, the day we found out ourselves, the journey we went on with betas, and so much more. But today, today we simply celebrate! Today we shout for joy!!! Today, I AM PREGNANT. Today, we have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13) Today we thank you for your unending prayers, support, encouragement, love, kindness, and patience. The peace we have felt through this all is a significant testament to the power of prayer, one unlike any other I have experienced before. Truly, we have been surrounded by an army and it’s the most humbling and surreal gift.

Thank you Jesus.

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PS – A gigantic thank you to my amazing bestie Jana for capturing these photos for us! We can’t thank you enough!

51 thoughts on “pregnant!

  1. Jillian says:

    I’ve been waiting and watching and saw on Insta and popped on over here to read about it!! So many wonderful thoughts heading your way. Congratulations!! (The sbux pic was amazing!)

  2. Joanna Clarke says:

    From the bottom of my heart, I am elated to hear this news!!!! May God continue to watch over you and your family.

    What blessings!!!!

  3. Vicki says:

    I am so incredibly happy & excited for you! Ever since following your story, I have prayed & hoped for you to have your healthy miracle! And now you have two!! Even though I am still waiting for mine, your news brings me so much joy & peace. Congratulations Chelsea! You are in my prayers. Get some rest mama:)

  4. tidleone says:

    This is so exciting to hear. The best news and twins too, like us. It’s definitely a blessing and I’m so pleased for you. Enjoy every single second and look after yourself – you’re carrying the most important gifts. Xx

  5. Catherine says:

    Soooooo happy for you Chelsea. Our God is sooo faithful. What an encouragement you have been to us. God will richly bless you – this being just the beginning

  6. Kathy says:

    Chelsea-
    Julie sent your post to me and I just wanted to congratulate you on your wonderful news. I know we’ve only met a few times, but I am certain you will be a wonderful Mommy. We’ll be thinking of you and sending prayers your way for your TWO little blessings. <3 Kathy Dixon

  7. Michelle Ulland says:

    Oooohhhh yes! I literally screamed when I read this. I am the blessed mom of twins thru Infertility treatments too and oh wow, are you in for some serious blessings. I also had a SCH at 9 weeks and it bled till 19 weeks but God is so good and we had 2 healthy, 7lb+ babies at 38 weeks. Please join the Minneapolis Mommas of Multiples group on Facebook…they are all angels and the best “tribe” you could ask for. I am here for anything you couple need! Praying for all of you! Check out my blog to read my twin pregnancy story. http://Www.miraclescomeinpairs.blogspot.com

  8. alanalisano says:

    I have been praying for you and watching for the news- Congratulations!!! I know you have been patiently waiting, and that God has a perfect plan in mind for your family. Praying for a healthy pregnancy- God’s got this!!

  9. Erin Maree says:

    Yay!!! You guys are going to be the cutest family ever :) hopefully there will be some cute pregnancy posts (and possibly a gender reveal? – totally thinking a boy and a girl) praying that your pregnancy is smooth sailing <3

  10. Amanda says:

    I just checked your blog a few days ago, looking for news. Praise God! Been praying for you guys for two years. You’re the only ttc blog, story I still follow. So happy for you, teared up when I read this.

  11. khcasper says:

    Continuing to pray for the Ritchie family and those precious babes tucked securely in your womb. God is GREAT!! I cannot even begin to express how very happy I am for you guys! CONGRATULATIONS!!! <3 <3

  12. Karen Barnes says:

    Massive congratulations and all praise to God for giving you these 2 precious miracles! As you go through the journey ahead, if you want to connect with another IVF twin mom, let me know. :) It can be incredibly hard and also so full of joy and adventure!

  13. Laura A. says:

    That is wonderful news. God is good!! Your blog has been an inspiration to me. I found it after reading your section of “In the Wait” and know God led me to it. My husband and I did a FET right around the same time as you with our last embryo and after 5 years of trying, received a positive pregnancy test as well! We’re both due in June. :-)

  14. godpearlsandcoffee says:

    Congratulations! I saw the announcement on instagram. “Cali’s” post was adorable by the way! I will continue to keep you, the babies, your husbsnd, and your family in my prayers. This is so exciting; God is good! God bless :)

  15. Laura says:

    I’ve been following your story since my husband and I started trying and I got my first flicker of worry that something wasn’t right with us. I continued to follow it as we worked through our initial diagnostics, first trip to a specialist, and the realization that IVF was our only realistic option. Your steadfast faith and amazing spirit have given me strength in some very hard times. When I read this post I was absolutely elated. A huge congratulations to you and your husband. I hope you realize the amazing ways God has worked through you during your infertility journey. Look how many lives you have touched! I’m so thrilled for you.

  16. jonelle says:

    i have only been following you for a short time but your “go with god frostie” post really hit home for me. I had my 3rd round of ivf right around the same time you had your frozen transfer (days apart actually) I came back to check if you had any updates….congratulations!! I actually had the same good news, finally pregnant with twins and due 6/18!! good luck with everything to come. your blog has seriously helped me through some tough times!

  17. DitchTheBun says:

    This is amazing news! Congratulations to you! Hubby and I have been trying for 5 years and lately I have been struggling. Reading your story is helping feed my hope meter! So happy for you!

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